Make IE Panther friendly

Internet Explorer 5.2.3 has not been updated in a while, and still retains a skin suited best for Jaguar. A simple update to the Hexadecimal code can give IE for OS X a Panther-like skin (as seen in this screenshot), so that IE no longer has to stick out like a sore thumb. Using an Hexadecimal editor such as HexEdit, open the IE package contents and go to Contents -> MacOS and then open the ‘Internet Explorer’ file. Go to the Address (command-J using Hexedit) 2FA014 (using the latest version of IE, 5815.1). This is the 18 bytes of code you will want to edit:

Replace those 18 bytes with:

Save the file then restart Internet Explorer.”

I don’t use this lame browser anymore…but Adobe has chosen it as it’s default so it does pop up every once and a while.

Real is clueless

During a panel discussion Tuesday at PC Forum in Arizona, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser said that Apple is creating problems for itself by using a file format (AAC with its FairPlay DRM) that forces consumers to buy legal music from Apple’s own iTunes Music Store. “Because Apple’s iPod music player does not support other proprietary music formats and does not license its own format to rivals, Real’s Rhapsody and other song sites are blocked from easily reaching iPod users,” notes CNET “Apple’s (market) share will go down if they continue to do this,” Glaser said. “The only way to presently put songs on an iPod is to (buy) them from iTunes.”

Of course overlooking the fact that iTunes handles mp3 better than any other player out there. What is Real bringing to the table anyway?

Leaked XBOX2 specs PPC

According to the, the specifications for Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox were revealed. The specs for the next Xbox, at least according to this report, are as follows: Three IBM-designed 64-bit microprocessors, the same chips now used in Apple Computer’s high-end G5 PowerMac. This will give the new Xbox ‘more computing power than most personal computers.’ A graphics chip designed by ATI Technologies that will clock in with speeds faster than the upcoming R400. But what I found most surprising is there are no talks about an internal hard drive, rather suggesting that the next Xbox will instead rely on flash memory, and, depending on hardware cost, backwards compatibility could be out of the question.

Free iTunes not just for Pepsi drinkers

from the fine print (32oz fountain cups…MOUNTAIN DEW BOOYA)

2. WHERE TO FIND GAME PIECES: Look for game piece printed underneath bottle caps on specially-marked ?iTunes? 20 oz. and 1 liter bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist and under the rim of specially-marked 32 oz. fountain cups available at participating 7 Eleven convenience stores during the Promotion Period. Not all brands and package sizes may participate in all areas. No Purchase Necessary. To receive one free game piece and a copy of Official Rules, while supplies last, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope postmarked on or before 3/31/04 to: Pepsi iTunes Game Piece, P.O. Box 9205, Young America, MN 55558-9205. Residents of the state of VT may omit return postage. Limit one free game piece per request per stamped outer envelope. Pepsi-Cola Company (?Sponsor?) assumes no liability for lost, late, stolen, illegible, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete or postage-due mail or requests.

Christmas 2003

Arriving back home no matter where it is feels great. Tina and I had a great time in Seattle, our first Christmas. We spent some great time with both families, one in Kirkland and one in Everett. We played Hand and Foot way too often and ate way too much. Take a peek at the exciting time. Thanks to Susie for her hospitality and the rest of the Sandin/Blackwood clan for a great Christmas.

Swedish Family Christmas

The biggest and longest holiday of the year is the magical Christmas of Sweden. The excitement begins the first Sunday of Advent with the lighting of the first Advent candle. Each Sunday prior to Christmas, another candle is lit with growing anticipation.

Feasting and celebrating begin on December 13 with Lucia Day, which legend says is the longest night of the year and a time when man and beast need extra nourishment. In the home, Lucia (Queen of Light) is portrayed by the eldest daughter. She is dressed in a white gown with a crown of candles in her hair. She wakes her parents by singing the familiar Italian song ‘Santa Lucia’ and brings them coffee, buns, cookies, and occasionally glogg (a mulled wine).

The Christmas tree has been a part of Christmas in Sweden since the 1700s. It was not until the present century that the custom became general, however. Nearly every Swedish household now brings in a tree one or two days before Christmas and decorates it with sparkling objects, gaily wrapped candies, glass bulbs, and straw ornaments, with electric lights or candles.

Christmas Eve is the height of the festivities. Traditionally it is a day when no work should be done other than seeing to one’s livestock. This is the day of the Christmas feast, which comprises a sm?rg?sbord including a few traditional dishes such as ham, jellied pigs feet, lutfisk and rice porridge.

After dinner all gather around the Christmas tree to open presents. These gifts are brought by the Jultomten, a gnome who lives in the barn. The Jultomten looks after the family and their livestock. The Jultomten plays a role comparable to that of the various Santa Claus figures in other countries. He is believed to come with presents. In many households nowadays, someone disguised as a gnome comes on Christmas Eve with a large sack of gifts.

Christmas day is spent quietly within the family circle, with Christmas parties and get-togethers the following day and on throughout the holidays until Knut’s Day. Christmas finally ends on January 13. When King Canute was king of Sweden a thousand years ago he decreed that the Christmas feasting should be twenty days. While some countries observe the Twelve Days of Christmas, another week is added to the celebration in Sweden.

Swedish Christmas Song
Nu t?ndas tusen juleljus

Nu t?ndas tusen juleljus p? jordens m?rka rund.
Och tusen, tusen str?lar ock p? himlens djupbl? grund.
F?r ?ver stad och land i kv?ll g?r julens glada bud.
Att f?dd ?r herren Jesus Krist, v?r fr?lsare och gud.
Du stj?rna ?ver Betlehem, l?t ditt milda ljus
f? lysa in med hopp och frid i varje hem och hus.
I varje hj?rta kallt och m?rkt, s?nd du en str?le blid,
en str?le av Guds k?rleksljus i signad juletid.